I would like to report on my recent training experience at the 41st Annual conference of the National Alliance of Black School Educators in Detroit, Michigan. I arrived on Tuesday, Nov 13th. I attended the parents summit, which was a series of lecture geared towards addressing educational, financial and nutritional issues as it relates to students and parents.
I then took a detour to search out the famous American Coney Island Hotdog Stand, as seen on the food network, for lunch.
On day 2, I attended the school board workshop that addressed the best practices and various skill sets that would enhance the professional development of school board members. After which, I took a stroll thru the downtown area.
On day 3, I attended a multiplicity of lectures. One of them being a lecture on anti-bullying and school safety. This lecture was presented by Dr. Judith Springer and our esteemed Board President, Mr. Christopher C. Irving, who did a scholarly job of presenting to us all. I must say, I learned a great deal from this lecture and it gave me insight and much direction.
On day 4, I briefly attended the clergy symposium, which addressed the importance of the alliance between local religious groups and the school system as a whole. I wish we could bring this symposium to the Paterson School District. There was an exhibition which did feature a plethora of educational vendors, business’s and professional services as well.
Friday was also the Delegate Assembly for all NABSE members. There was a breakfast, a lunch and a final dinner banquet that were all equally interesting and exquisite. I did get the chance to sing at a banquet sponsored by Scholastic, Inc. The band performed songs from Motown artists like Michael Jackson and the Temptations. I got to sing “My Girl” with them.
All in all, the experience was one I won’t soon forget. I did return with a conglomerate of information for the parents. My focus, as a parent has always been to empower parents. I intend to continue in that venture while on the board and even after I’ve finished my term. I do intend to run for reelection once the time has come to do so. I love serving on the board.
I’ll close with this. One of the most important lessons I learned last week was to keep going no matter how difficult it may seem. And so, I will continue to do just that. Come rain or come shine I’m here to stay. I wish you all the best in the coming holiday season(s)…
Written by Corey Teague, an involved school board member, who attended a summit in Michigan last week.